The Meewasin Valley Authority has a year’s grace to continue it’s programs and services while working on a vision for the future.
Interim C-E-O Doug Porteous said that’s because the Province maintained the status quo in Tuesday’s budget.
“We’re still able to offer the construction programs in the valley, the trail extensions, the program of developments at the north-east swale, the education programs, the Beaver Creek Conservation area, the conservation education programs to go with the school systems,” said Porteous.
There will be 500-thousand dollars coming directly from Regina and close to 650-thousand through the University of Saskatchewan.
Porteous admitted after last year’s 500-thousand dollar cut, budget day was tense around the office, followed by a sigh of relief.
“We had to reduce programs and services last year by 17-percent and we understand why, you know when the commodities are down everybody in the province needs some support there, so this was a good news budget for us this year,” said Porteous.
The City of Saskatoon has committed over 1.3-million dollars for the fiscal year ending March 31st 2019.